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Entries by Dave Johnson from 04/2011

Budget Cuts Kill The Middle Class

| Posted 04.04.2011 | Politics

For most people the "American Dream" is to be in the middle class, or to raise yourself up to be in the middle class. And people used to expect that ...

Republican Shutdown Shuts Down the Economy -- So Do the Cuts They Demand

| Posted 04.06.2011 | Business

Already, Americans face a host of economic woes. The unemployment rate remains high. Home prices are still falling, aggravating a widespread foreclosure crisis. A prolonged federal shutdown would push the economy toward recession.

Budget Battle: Who Is Our Country For?

| Posted 04.07.2011 | Politics

This budget is clear in its purpose: to create a one-dollar-one-vote plutocracy for the wealthy few, while gutting our one-person-one-vote democratic system.

Republican Budget So Loony Even the Republicans Think It's Nuts

| Posted 04.13.2011 | Media

Reporters are asking Republicans to comment publicly on the plan and the responses are not what you'd expect. When reporters use "tread cautiously" to describe anything Republicans do, you know something's up.

The Deficit America Has Forgotten -- And Is Eviscerating The Middle Class

| Posted 04.14.2011 | Business

A huge component of our budget deficit is the result of unemployment, much of it caused by the trade deficit.

Did Tax Cuts Grow The Economy?

| Posted 04.18.2011 | Politics

It's Tax Day, so let's talk about taxes. Conservative ideology says cutting taxes makes the economy grow. This Tax Day let's explore whether this is,...

Why Trump Gets Traction From Trade

| Posted 04.19.2011 | Politics

Donald Trump is getting traction. He is talking about trade, jobs, China and manufacturing -- and it's resonating with a public sick of being told to ignore what is right in front of their faces.

Yet Another Poll Shows... Plutocracy Stupid, Democracy Smart

| Posted 04.20.2011 | Politics

Here's the thing: what the public wants actually would fix the borrowing. And what the plutocrats want would make it worse. So maybe the public isn't that stupid after all.

Don't Make Us Work 'Till We Die!

| Posted 04.21.2011 | Politics

There was a time on this country when We, the People were in charge, and our government worked for us. Through our government we did things for eac...

Republicans Hearing Citizen Backlash at Town Halls -- Actions You Can Take

| Posted 04.22.2011 | Politics

Note: see action updates below. Members of Congress are holding local town hall meetings now and into next week, and Republicans are hearing from con...

The Deficit Is Jobs, but There Is a Deficit of Jobs

| Posted 04.25.2011 | Politics

The only solution to the huge jump in deficits is to restore jobs. That starts to restore the tax base and stops the emergency spending on the unemployed. And the only way to restore jobs is for the government to step in and do something.

Does Government Know Who the Boss Is?

| Posted 04.26.2011 | Politics

With labor-law enforcement -- or even a sense that workers should have rights -- seemingly a thing of the past, anti-worker sentiments are spreading.

Corporate Propaganda Response To Town Hall Medicare Anger

| Posted 04.27.2011 | Politics

In response to the town hall anger, a corporate front-group named 60 Plus is blanketing the radiowaves in Republican districts with these soothing ads thanking them for "preserving and protecting" Medicare.

Royal Wedding of Austerity and Trade Deficits Is Killing Our Economy

| Posted 04.28.2011 | Business

Our leadership is making every effort to return to the old economy that caused the crisis. This is because those who benefited from that economy are still in control of the system.

A Medicare Phase-Out By Any Other Name Still Stinks

| Posted 04.29.2011 | Politics

The Republicans voted to phase out Medicare and use the money for even more tax cuts for the rich. The public found out and turned out. So now they ...